A Study of the Personal Meaning of Suicide in the Context of Baechler’s Typology
Smith G W~~Bloom I
This study investigates suicide from the vantage point of the suicidal person by analyzing the personal meanings of the act for the individual. Subjects (N=27) were 17 parasuicides, 5 suicide ideators, & 5 completed suicides, ranging in age from 13-58 years. The subjects were studied using Jean Baechler’s approach. Results indicated that there was, in each case, an identifiable purpose or pattern that can be categorized within a restricted & meaningful system. 8 ref.